With the first snow, the desire for cookies and Co. come back every year – accompanied by a guilty conscience. Because most of the Christmas treats are absolute calorie bombs. We explain here how you can make healthier alternatives.
If you like to snack, especially around Christmas, these recipe ideas are just right for you. The best thing about homemade gingerbread and other goodies: You can decide how much and what type of sugar to use so that you don’t lose sight of your healthy diet.
Vegan gingerbread made from spelt flour
Gingerbread cookies are a must in winter. Sometimes there is still a lack of vegan alternatives in retail. Fortunately, you can easily make the popular pastry at home. The spelt flour gives the dough a high fiber content and keeps you full longer than the purchased version.
In contrast to conventional gingerbread, you can completely do without refined household sugar here. Coconut blossom sugar, which is considered to be much healthier, is used for sweetness. Dried apricots, which are mixed into the dough as small pieces, provide that special twist. You can vary the amount of gingerbread spice according to your taste. Not a fan of chocolate icing? At this point, simply use a mixture of powdered sugar and lemon juice.
Quark balls without deep-frying
For many, quark balls are a classic at the Christmas markets. But they are not really healthy due to the amount of oil used in deep-frying. This low-carb variant, on the other hand, has a high protein content because low-fat quark is used.
Instead of wheat flour, you can use spelt flour again here. Unlike traditional preparation in muffin or cake pop tins, the quark balls are baked in the oven instead of deep-fried.
Vegan speculoos made from spelt flour
Everyone who wants to forego animal products must try this recipe. Like vegan gingerbread, vegan speculoos is made from spelt flour. You can prepare the dough in 10 minutes and rolling it with the speculoos roller is also really fun. You can also make the recipe gluten-free, for example by using amaranth flour instead of spelt flour.
Spakulatius cream made from coconut blossom sugar
If you have leftovers from your homemade speculoos, you can use them with this recipe. For the speculoos cream, you simply mix all the ingredients together and mix the mixture until it has a creamy consistency.
The finished cream can be kept in the refrigerator for up to three weeks and makes a sweet Christmas present in a beautiful glass with a label. For an extra crunch, you can add speculoos bread crumbs to the cream before consuming it.
Christmas cinnamon granola
This recipe idea will get you in the Christmas mood even if you are not a fan of gingerbread & Co. The cinnamon gives you a Christmassy scent at home while it is being prepared. The good thing about this recipe: If you don’t like individual ingredients, you can easily replace them or leave them out.
A small handful of this cereal will fill you up for a long time and will help you against the feeling of cravings. The granola is also perfect as a breakfast with yogurt or milk and gives you enough energy to get the day off to a good start.